Hoping to succeed where Faisal Shahzad failed. “EXCLUSIVE: New Pakistani Taliban Operative Feared Inside U.S. After Times Square Failure,” by Mike Levine and Jennifer Griffin for FoxNews, October 14 (thanks to Hank):
Senior U.S. officials are concerned over recent intelligence indicating that the Pakistani Taliban, which orchestrated the failed Times Square bombing, may have successfully placed another operative inside the United States to launch a second attack, sources tell Fox News. Authorities, however, know very little about the potential operative or any possible plot.
“[We] don’t know who it is and don’t know where it is,” one source said. “We know the guy’s here, but don’t know anything about him.”
Based on the intelligence, authorities believe the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, would have directed the individual to attempt another Times Square-style operation, but not necessarily in New York City….
“It’s not surprising this day and age that an individual is residing in or traveled to the United States in hopes of pulling off some sort of attack,” the senior counterterrorism official, speaking generally, said. “We are ‘Target Number One’ for terrorists, and it requires a constant vigilance.”
In particular, federal officials have become increasingly concerned about U.S. citizens who, like Shahzad, “choose to serve as an operative for a foreign terrorist organization,” as federal prosecutors put it….